With a trio of branches stretching from Previous Pasadena on the west, and Hacienda Heights on east, with a cease in Alhambra, Popping Yolk Café has been within the forefront of the madcap breakfast-and-lunch fad that’s made dinner appear only a footnote in our culinary day.
After a meal at Popping Yolk, any further meals appears not only a non-necessity, however one thing to make your heart specialist wash his fingers of your potential lifespan. Belief me: After a Nashville Sizzling Rooster Benedict for breakfast, extra meals is an train in gluttony. (Not that I’ve ever turned one other meal down! However then, it’s my occupation!)
This isn’t to say which you could’t discover an old style breakfast on the menu at Popping Yolk. It’s on the very high — the Traditional Breakfast, a selection of “juicy” scrambled eggs or eggs sunny-side up, with bacon and sausage, a salad of greens and tomatoes, nation fried spuds and toast. It’s a wonderfully fantastic feed. As is the ham and cheese omelette, and the “crunchy” French toast.
However old skool is a minority report at Popping Yolk. A lot of the menu leans towards dishes created again within the kitchen, the place the notion of a kimchi and Spam omelette is all in a morning’s work.
Popping Yolk is way from undiscovered. Final time I dropped by a department, early on a seemingly quiet Saturday morning, an iPad, on the entrance the place you’re requested to check-in, knowledgeable that there have been 30 individuals forward of me, and the wait could be near an hour. There’s a counter as effectively with stools, and I requested if I might simply seat myself there. I used to be informed I needed to signal onto the iPad, and wait my flip. Pushy me. Hungry too.
In time, a desk comes out there, although with the dimensions of those dishes, this isn’t a fast-food joint. Followers wish to…luxuriate within the joys of their barbecue pulled pork Benedicts. Certainly, a lot of the yolks at Popping do their poppin’ within the eight Benedicts that dominate the menu.
For the document, like many iconic dishes, the roots of the eggs Benedict are foggy at greatest. A Wall Road stockbroker named Lemuel Benedict claimed to have invented it at New York’s Waldorf in 1894 as a hangover treatment. But it surely’s additionally been credited to Commodore E.C. Benedict. And to a daily at Delmonico’s in New York named LeGrand Benedict. Certain are lots of people named “Benedict” on the market — all of ’em apparently like their eggs atop muffins with smoked meat and Hollandaise.
Regardless of the origin, eggs Benedict have been a giant a part of our breakfast life for a very long time. And it clearly nonetheless is. Particularly on a weekend morning, when it nonetheless could also be consumed as a hangover treatment. Does it work? Darned if I do know; I haven’t had a hangover in a very long time. But it surely certain does make me pleased for the entire day. And the Benedicts at Popping Yolk are completely made — with sufficient variation to maintain them eternally attention-grabbing.
Together with the real exotica of the Nashville scorching rooster Benedict, and the barbecue pulled pork Benedict — each of which make Popping Yolk really feel like a breakfast café within the Deep South — there’s a Norwegian Benedict made with smoked salmon and spinach (and a really fantastic mixture that’s, too!); a far less complicated Benedict with avocado and ham; a Florentine (code for spinach); a fish filet Benedict with coleslaw and tartar sauce, a collision of fish and chips and breakfast; and a teriyaki rooster Benedict (which contemplating the options, appears completely reg’lar).
The six omelettes just about mirror the Benedicts, whereas the six breakfast sandwiches get extra reg’lar nonetheless, with a ham and sausage sandwich, a bacon and cheese sandwich — and even an egg salad sandwich.
The crêpes and waffles are outsized, gooey, candy — a critical, cheery sugar rush that makes me really feel like an 8-year-old. I imply, toffee banana with ice cream? Strawberry cheesecake? My fastidiously curated food regimen will cease chatting with me, however I’ll certain be pleased…till the sugar rush dies down.
All of it makes me surprise, as I’ve earlier than, why we eat like this for breakfast, however hardly ever for dinner. It might be, merely talking, that by consuming this chow as an early morning indulgence, it provides us the entire day to digest and alter. Toffee banana French toast earlier than bedtime does appear a tad…dangerous. The goals could be past madcap. After which, what would I presumably eat for breakfast the subsequent day?
Popping Yolk Café
- Score: 2.5 stars
- Deal with: 119 W. Primary St., Alhambra, 626-940-5822; 88 W. Colorado Blvd., Previous Pasadena, 626-345-5161; 15840 Halliburton Highway, Hacienda Heights, 626-330-6767.
- Data: www.poppingyolk.com
- Delicacies: Hyper widespread breakfast and lunch mini-chain, with a really massive menu, and waits to match on weekend. Come hungry…go away stuffed!
- Drinks: Espresso and extra espresso, plus many teas
- When: Breakfast and lunch, daily
- Reservations: No
- Costs: About $20 per particular person
- On the menu: 8 Eggs Benedicts ($16-$18.50), 6 Omelette ($16.50-$18.50), 2 French Toasts ($8.50-$14.50), 7 Sandwiches ($14-$16), 6 Crêpes & Waffles ($15-$15.85)
- Bank cards: MC, V
- What the celebrities imply: 4 (World class! Price a visit from wherever!), 3 (Most glorious, even distinctive. Price a visit from wherever in Southern California.), 2 (A superb place to go for a meal. Price a visit from wherever within the neighborhood.) 1 (For those who’re hungry, and it’s close by, however don’t get caught in site visitors going.) 0 (Actually, not value writing about.)